Friday, July 9, 2010

Review: Deception

Deception by Lee Nichols

Synopsis (From Goodreads): When Emma Vaile's parents leave on mysterious business trip, it gives her the perfect excuse to be a rebellious teen. Throw some parties, get a tattoo (or maybe just a piercing), and enjoy the first few weeks of her junior year. Then her best friend stops talking to her, the cops crash her party, and Emma finds herself in the hands of a new guardian—her college-age "knight in J.Crew armor," Bennett Stern—and on a plane to his museum-like mansion in New England.

Lee Nichols gives us a new ghost story in DECEPTION, the first Haunting Emily novel. Emily is just an average girl who's just a bit mixed up, that could have something to do with spending time in a mental institution (which she calls the POOF) as a child or the fact that her gallavanting parents have now disappeared. Now she's been taken away from her home and placed under the care of gorgeous Bennett's care at Echo Point. Here, she discovers that her family's been lying to her about herself. She's actually a ghostkeeper, someone who can see and communicate with ghosts. As she tries to adjust to a new school and learn about her powers, she discovers that not all ghosts are nice and that there's something out there dilling people. Emily has to find out who or what is out there before it finds her.

What's not to like? Ghosts, mysteries and cute boys. Nichols has created a unique supernatural mystery with plenty of twists and turns that will keep you guessing all the way till the end. The only thing I found a bit upsetting was the ending. Don't get me wrong, it's definitely a terrific ending, but it left the story on a cliffhanger with more unanswered questions than resolutions. The story was left up in the air, which does the job of enticing the reader to pick up the second book, but now I have to wait until the next one is available. I'm definitely going to have to wait for the second one, bucause overall it is a great read.

Cover: The cover is beautiful, it definitely has a hint of the supernatural and creates an eerie notion that ghosts will probably exist within the pages. This cover is definitely one of the things that drew me to pick up the novel in the first place.

Plot: 5/5 stars
Ending: 4/5 stars
Cover: 5/5 stars
Overall: 4.5/5 stars
Recommend:  For lovers of ghost stories

Debut Author Challenge: #6 of 12


Hannah said...

I luuuuurve ghost stories!! I'm putting this one one my list! Thanks!

Erica Mitchell said...

I love all things ghost! Well except if one was to get in my home. Great review I'll have to check it out. I swear my TBR pile is getting out of hand ;)
Have a great weekend!

Kerri Cuev said...

Ghost stories are cool! It's great to find a new book that I didn't know about. Thanks!

Jemi Fraser said...

Sounds like a terrific story! Good ghost stories are so much fun - as long as I read them in the morning :)

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